Jenna Prandini, BA '16, earned All-America honors on the track and in the classroom, but now faces the biggest test of her life

Jul 06, 2016 1532

In the time it takes Jenna Prandini to run 100 meters, the average person could... well, they couldn't do much at all. After all, what can a person really get done in fewer than eleven seconds? They couldn't boil an egg. They couldn't fast-forward through a commercial break. What they could do, though, is spend as much time thinking about the 2016 Summer Olympic Games as Prandini, one of the fastest women on the planet, has.

When Jenna Prandini won the 100-meter title at the Mt. Sac Relays in April, her time of 10.95 seconds was, at that point, the fastest in the world in 2016. Only 23 Americans throughout history have run faster than Prandini's personal best of 10.92, a list that includes names as legendary as Evelyn Ashford, as tainted as Marion Jones, and as divisive as Florence Griffith-Joyner. Just 20 have run faster than her 200-meter personal best of 22.20 seconds.

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